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SilverFin by Charlie Higson

I've not read any of Higson's Young James Bond series, but picked it up on a 3-for-2 offer on friday, and devoured it over the weekend.

Cor, that was *enormous* fun. Bond arrives at Eton, is bullied, stuff happens, and he ends up in Scotland investigating the mysterious Loch Silverfin, and the Evil Lord Randolph Hellebore, who does Evil things, in an Evil fashion.

Hijinks ensue. There is an Aston Martin.

I'll definitely be investigating the rest of the series.

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1. Halting State, by Charles Stross
2. A Study In Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle
3. Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville
4. Case Histories by Kate Atkinson
5. Memoirs of a Master Forger
by William Heaney

Got ths for christmas, so a relatively recent acquisition. Rather enjoyed it - the tale bounces along nicely.

From amazon.co.uk:

William is a dissolute book-forger. A talented writer in his own right he would rather scribble poems anonymously for an asian friend (who is becoming increasingly successful as a result), and create forgeries of Jane Austen first editions to sell to gullible collectors. He's not all bad. The money from the forgeries goes straight to homeless hostel and William's crimes don't really hurt anyone. And there are reasons William hasn't amounted to more. He did something he was ashamed of when he was a student, he drinks far too much and he can't commit to any relationships. Oh and he sees demons. Shadowy figures at the shoulder of everyone around him (except the woman who runs the hostel, she remains untouched), waiting for a moment's weakness. Or is just that William can see the suffering of the world? And then an extraordinary woman, who may just be able to save him from the world's suffering, walks into his life. This is William's own story. But who can believe a master forger?

good fun.
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1. Halting State, by Charles Stross
2. A Study In Scarlet, by Arthur Conan Doyle
3. Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville

As recommended to me by [livejournal.com profile] nextian.

I absolutely *loved* this book. Echoes of Neverwhere, Pratchett and Jasper Fforde, and jam-packed with ideas. It's aimed at the YA market, but don't let that put you off. A cracking read.

[livejournal.com profile] caitirin and [livejournal.com profile] boliviafang, I particularly think you two would enjoy this.

I give it 9/10

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